Extinction Risks Remain High for Wild Pandas

Populations of giant pandas in the wild are more fragmented and isolated than they were 30 years ago and many continue to face a high risk of extinction despite recent gains in the species’ overall numbers, a new study by Chinese and American scientists finds. Climate change, habitat loss and reduced breeding viability — an […]

Clean Cookstoves are a Low-Cost Way to Fight Climate Change – if People Use Them

The morning sun rises; time to get the coffee brewing and start breakfast, maybe plan for the evening meal. For nearly three billion people – more than one third of the world’s population – these daily routines begin with an ancient ritual: collecting fuel for a fire. Cooking over solid fuels like wood and charcoal […]

Flexible Diet May Help Leaf-Eating Lemurs Resist Deforestation

Fruits and veggies are good for you and if you are a lemur, they may even help mitigate the effects of habitat loss. A new study sequencing the genome of four species of sifakas, a genus of lemurs found only in Madagascar’s forests, reveals that these animals’ taste for leaves runs all the way to […]

Warming Seas Might Also Look Less Colorful to Some Fish. Here’s Why it Matters.

When marine biologist Eleanor Caves of the University of Exeter thinks back to her first scuba dives, one of the first things she recalls noticing is that colors seem off underwater. The vivid reds, oranges, purples and yellows she was used to seeing in the sunlit waters near the surface look increasingly dim and drab with depth, […]

Small Group of Companies Controls 60% of Ocean Economy

A relatively small cohort of companies generates more than half the annual revenues in the ocean economy, according to new data from Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Dubbed the “Ocean 100,” these transnational companies collectively earned $1.1 trillion in revenues in 2018, according to the report published in the journal Science Advances. That sum represents about 60 […]